Five Hartlepool groups have hit the jackpot thanks to lottery funding totalling almost £40,000.
The contributions from The Big Lottery Fund will help a range of town organisations to improve facilities for children, allotment holders and young people in deprived areas.
These excellent projects will help improve communities in the North East through National Lottery funding.Lyn Cole, Big Lottery Fund
They are part of £585,571 given out to 65 projects across the North East.
St Peter’s Church of England School, in Elwick, was awarded £6,845 to install outdoor play equipment at its early years provision with totem poles designed by pupils.
Castle Eden Allotment Society got £5,720 to lay a concrete pad at the entrance of its allotment site and cut back the hedges that surround the site to improve access and safety.
Southbrooke Community Project gets £9,976, which will be used to set up a resource centre to provide a meeting place for people and community groups, coordinate volunteers working on several community projects and providing facilities for job searches.
Belle Vue Community, Sports Youth Centre’s Cool Project got £8,8434 to provide a range of early evening sport and leisure activities, and informal meetings with police and primary school pupils from disadvantaged areas.
And Hartlepool’s Men’s Shed group was given £8,536 to equip and open a place where older men can meet, and carry out activities like metalwork, restore furniture and maintain bikes to tackle social isolation.
Lyn Cole, Big Lottery Fund Deputy Director England, said: “These excellent projects will help improve communities in the North East through National Lottery funding.”